General Introduction

In the ever increasing interest of scientific research to study aspects of the material culture of societies of the past, ceramic studies are particularly flourishing. The study of the immured vessels (bacini) is an important tool for a penetrating look at the richness of this aspect of the material culture found in Greece, as the material itself creates a kind of open-air museum for medieval and modern glazed pottery.
The aim of the research programme “Immured vessels in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine churches of Greece: An online corpus” is to locate the churches of Greece with façades being decorated with immured clay vessels, to record these objects, through analytical documentation, to preserve the related material in a common database and to provide a basis for synthetic approaches. Through these emerge issues of dissemination of practices, commercial contacts and communication and, in regard to the churches they adorn, can be further explored issues on the latter’s date and of interaction and coexistence of the architectural structures and religious monuments of the past with the newer and modern structured environment.

The research programme was initiated by the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation with the collaboration of respective Ephorates of Antiquities of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. The programme started in 2011 and is still in progress.

The contribution of the Foundation for Education and European Culture (IPEP) (Founders: N. Trichas and L. Trichas) to the needs of the programme was significant.

Coordinator of the programme: Anastasia G. Yangaki.